Celebrate National Oyster Day With These Fun Facts

Saturday, August 5 is National Oyster Day! This delicious food is a favorite at our Lake of the Ozarks seafood restaurant. It's both tasty and full of nutrients, so who doesn't love that?! You know you love oysters from the best seafood restaurant from the Lake of the Ozarks, but how much do you know about them? Here are a few fun facts about oysters you may not have known about to celebrate National Oyster Day.

- They're amazing filters. Every day, an oyster can filter 50 gallons of water and a healthy one-acre reef, which is about 24 million gallons, which is enough to fill 36 Olympic sized swimming pools. The oyster will draw water in over its gills using tiny hairs. Plankton and particles in the water are trapped in mucus in the gill then transported to the oyster's mouth. They remove excess sediment, nutrients and algae from the water and keeps it in good shape for other marine life.

- Some oysters are meatier than others. Oysters tend to be meatier in months that have an R in their names. This is why some people call them "arsters." But don't think you can't enjoy a good meaty oyster this August! At JB Hook's, you can always enjoy a delicious oyster on the half shell.

- They're good for you! Oysters are high in zinc, which is great for your immune system. They're also a good source of calcium, vitamin C, omega 2 fatty acids, iron and protein. If that wasn't enough, they're also low in cholesterol. If you eat four oysters, it gives you a complete daily supply of copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Oysters are rich in other vitamins besides C, including A, D, and B-12, which is known to help people lose weight and sharpen their memory.

- Oysters from different areas tend to taste differently. Oysters typically take on the flavor of water where they're grown. East coast oysters tend to be saltier and brinier while west coast oysters tend to be a little sweeter. It's a concept known as "merroir." A number of environmental characteristics can influence their flavor like minerals in the growing area, the amount of seaweed nearby or even the type of algae they're filtering.

- They're great neighbors. Baby oysters are called 'spat' attach themselves to a hard material, like another oyster's shell as they grow. They form beds or reefs that provide an important habitat for fish and other sea creatures, including sea anemones and barnacles, which in turn provide food for bigger fish, such as striped bass, black drum and croaker. Their filter water is great for creating seagrass, which other species use for feeding and breeding grounds.

Join JB Hook's this weekend to celebrate National Oyster Day, however, we'll gladly serve up this amazing food any day of the week that you are in the mood for it. JB Hook always has the freshest, most delicious seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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